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Parker E. Mahan Endowment in Orofacial Pain

Under the leadership of LSUSD Visiting Professor Ronald Auvenshine, DDS, PhD, a fundraising effort is underway to establish an endowment to support orofacial pain education, patient care and research at LSUSD. The vision is to create a world-renowned residency program in orofacial pain leading to a master of science degree.

The program will have a strong clinical component and residents will have the opportunity to learn from nationally-recognized orofacial pain experts about the diagnosis, evaluation and delivery of care to patients suffering from orofacial pain. In addition, LSUSD hopes to become a premier patient care provider for orofacial pain. The  endowment may be used for a scholarship fund to support resident activities and/or a professorship to support faculty members and facility enhancements. Scholarships, through a competitive process, can receive a $40,000 match for every $60,000 raised; professorships are eligible to receive a $20,000 match for every $80,000 raised.

Parker E. Mahan, DDS, PhD., was one of the most influential academicians and clinicians in orofacial pain. A visiting faculty member of the LD Pankey Institute, he taught head and neck anatomy at the Institute for Advanced Dental Studies. After receiving his PhD in physiology, he taught at Emory University School of Dentistry from 1962 to 1971, leaving that position to become the founding chairman of the University of Florida Department of Basic Dental Sciences. In 1984 Dr. Mahan was named the director of the Dental Occlusion and Facial Pain Center at the University of Florida. He passed away in 2010.

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